Travel doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to take fancy flights, luxury hotels, and follow a perfect itinerary. You get the true perks of travel when you wander. As the saying goes, “not all who wander are lost,” wander in the beautiful cities, towns, and villages of India, and there you will find yourself.
If you are looking to travel to an off-beat village in India, then we have compiled a list of 30 best villages you need to visit now! Go ahead, read on!
- Kufri, Himachal Pradesh
This place is considered a small hill station in Himachal Pradesh. This place has quite a few good resorts that are isolated from the hustles and bustles of tourists and local population. Considered as the adventure sports capital of India, Kufri has some of the best adventure sports activities ranging from zip lining to bungee jumping, rafting to go-karting, etc.
Alternatively, if you are looking to have a laidback tour, you can rent one of the beautiful resorts by the valleys and enjoy walks, campfire, and some Himachali food. Also, don’t miss to enjoy the snow in this village during the season time (Dec-Mar). The winter is the perfect time to indulge in skiing, staking, and ice trekking in Kufri.
- Mawlynnong, Meghalaya
Known as the cleanest village in Asia, this beautiful village of Mawlynnong is just a 100 kms drive from Shillong. You can easily reach Shillong from your destination, rent a car and have a cool road trip to this village. The roads that lead to this village are good and well-structured; thus, it makes the travel easier and quicker.
The people of this village take care of the village’s cleanliness as much as we do for our houses. With a beautiful sky view from an 85-feet high tower, located in this village, you can have a spellbinding vacation here. If you love trekking, do not miss to trek the Mawphlang, which is equally beautiful.
Also, while you are there, do not miss to visit the beautiful living roots bridge that is one of the world tourist attractions in Meghalaya. A scary, adventurous, yet a beautiful experience is to cross this bridge. Give it a try!
- Kila Raipur, Ludhiana:
3 Chole Bhature for Twenty rupees, tasty makki di roti, sarso da saag – rings any bells? Welcome to Punjab! Ludhiana is the perfect place to relish and cherish the true Punjabi feel. From sugarcane fields to Punjabi gaana, from buttery rotis to authentic rajma chawal, this village in Ludhiana offers a lot more than that.
Furthermore, this village is a must visit for all sports enthusiasts in the month of February. This village organizes a huge annual Rural Olympics event. What’s more, while you are here, you can witness true blue desi events like bull racing, martial arts, etc. Drink some cold lassi with hot jilebis, talk to the local crowd, and enjoy the desi feel.
- Hampi, North Karnataka:
Hampi is a village in North Karnataka and is very famous for its heritage and famous temples. This village was once part of the famous Vijayanagara Empire and henceforth has many religious spots. The other important thing about this place is the ancient ruins and mountains which has become a famous tourist attraction for trekking and mountaineering.
This beautiful village was once home for 5 lakh people in the in early 1500 AD which made it the second largest city back then.
There are numerous hotels and restaurants in this palace with a variety of traditional foods being served.
- Lachung, Sikkim:
Lachung is a village located in eastern Sikkim close to Bhutan border and is said to be the most picturesque village in Sikkim.
Being on the Shivalik range of Himalayas, it is snow covered during winters and is a very important spot for tourism. There are many monasteries in this village making it a place of spiritual importance too.
Lachung is also the base of the Indian army. It is also a famous location for trekking and the yumthang valley which is located very near to this village. There is also a small river flowing through it to make it even more beautiful.
- Shani Shingnapur, Maharashtra:
Shani Shingnapur village is called as the safest place in the world. It is a small village located in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. This village is famous for “not having” any doors neither at shops nor at home.
The crime rate of this village is close to zero with zero robbery noted till 2010. The village is also known for its famous shire of Swayambhu Shanaishwara which is located in the famous shani temple. It has become a famous tourist spot because of the culture and belief of the civilians living in belief of mutual respect and understanding.
- Dharnai, Bihar:
Dharnai is a village which is located little away from Bodhgaya in Bihar, is the first ever solar village. It is a fully solar powered village which powers up 450 houses and 50 more commercial holds.
The 2500 people living in this villages claim to have lived 30 years in darkness without light, but now they have generated electricity from sun light which powers the village 24×7, and is a motivation for villages around the nation. Solar panel is set up above every house and it being the lone source of electricity of the whole village overcoming their dark days.
- Kokrebellur, South Karnataka:
Kokrebellur Village is located in South Karnataka and is a very famous for its fauna. This village is home of numerous species of birds few of which not even being native of India.
The efforts of Karnataka forest department paid off, after they afforested the whole village with the co-operation of the local villagers. Many tourists have marked this place as their destination for bird watch, and to enjoy the creep of different birds. The forest department and the local people work hard to maintain the balance and live in harmony with the birds.
- Malana Village, Himachal Pradesh:
The Malana village that is situated in Himachal Pradesh is said to be an ancient village in the whole country, but little are people aware of the ancient village as it stays isolated from the other part of the world. This village is said to be actually one of the democracies in the whole world. This village is well connected to Kulu and hence tourists will surely get a double treat on visiting this village.
Get the view of the whole village from the Chanderkhani Pass.
This is an entry place even for visiting Jari which happens to be hardly and kilometer away, the sceneries as you begin the trek will be eye catchy, food and accommodation is cheap and affordable, hence making it a must visit tourist spot.
- Pothanikkad Village, Kerala:
It is a well known fact that Kerala has 100% literacy rate in the whole country. Pothanikkad village is a small village in the Ernakulam district of Kerala. All the more this is the first village to have achieved 100% literacy rate in India.
The meaning of the word is derived from two words buffalo and forest, this village was once a forest, but it became a small village that is culturally developed and advanced. As this village lies 16kms away from Thommankuthu waterfalls, there are plenty of tourists visiting the village too. The tourists should witness the churches over here and also have a look at the Thattekad bird sanctuary as it is hardly few kilometres away from the village.
- Kasol village, Himachal Pradesh:
Kasol village is a small village hidden in Himachal Pradesh, they rightly say that beautiful villages are always accessible when you make a search for it right, this village is one such accessible village and a gift of god. You can enjoy freedom and tranquility of camping in Kasol and interact with fellow travelers and your experiences.
You have to take a trip to this beautiful village and have a look at the splendid hills over here and you should also know that Kasol village is a perfect spot for trekkers, backpackers, nature lovers, tourists will enjoy the deeply rooted culture of the place and the Parvathi lake should never be left un-walked if you visit this village. Your trip will not be wasted since there are a plethora of places to go in Kasol.
- Mirik village, West Bengal:
India has plenty of villages spread all over its state; Mirik Village lies in the serene hills of Darjeeling. The name Mirik is derived from two different words Mir- yok representing “place burnt by fire”.
Mirik has become the most popular tourist attraction spot as the climate is good; food and accommodation are cheaper and affordable. The centre of attraction over here is the samendu lake and Indreni pool. The other interesting thing that the tourists will love to hear is that there are plenty of shared transportation that will make your budget low, making it possible to visit many places nearer to this village.
- Katarmal, Almora, Uttarakhand:
Katarmal is situated in Uttarakhand and is the most sought after tourist village spot. Situated hardly 1.5km away from Kosi village and 12 km from district centre Almora, this village is a remote village. The speciality of this village is that you can get the village experience without compromising on your luxury level.
People rightly call this as a gem of Almora district; over here you can witness and have a spectacular view of the un-cut Himalayan range. As it is well connected from many other cities, tourists can very easy access this village through roadways. The speciality of this village is the Surya temple – Katarmal, a rare Surya temple. The temple holds many other carvings on its panels and walls. In fact this temple is listed under the monument holding national importance.
- Lachen Village, Sikkim:
The Lachen village is situated in Sikkim at an elevation of 2750 metres; tourists can have a view of everything from here, lakes to monasteries to the trekking trials.
Tourists are sure to get fascinated by the culture and rituals that are followed over here at this village; you can even have a view of how wool is made from yak and sheep.
- Kuldhara village, Rajasthan:
Rajasthan has plenty of villages in store and Kuldhara is a haunted village of Rajasthan. The village is hardly few kilometers away from Jaisalmer and hence is easily accessible one you are at Jaisalmer.
Even though it is called as a ghost town and most haunted village, we can say that this village is the most beautiful village of Rajasthan.
- Five chimneys of Munsiyari, Kumaon, Uttarakhand:
Well this is known as the most beautiful village of India – Munsyari. The village lies towards the ancient salt route to Tibet and is ensconced in the hills of Kumaon.
The village is surrounded beautifully with the snow-capped mountains and the tourists would love to pass along in those dense forests over here, the Gori Ganga River is worthy to be visited as this will be a real treat for nature adventurers and lovers. The best time to visit this place is during March to June and again from September to October. You can reach this place from Delhi and is 650 kms away from the capital city. There are plenty of affordable guesthouses for accommodation and food is nominal too.
- Nako village, Lahaul Spiti, Himachal Pradesh
No wonder Himachal Pradesh has abundant villages stored within it, and this is the reason, I am giving you plenty of villages that are surely a must visit over here. Nako village is a village at the Himalayas and very close to the Indo-china border, situated in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh, this village is prominent for the Nako Lake too.
The village is ideally called as the land of moon, as you can explore the moon from here at its best, once you are here you will feel as if you have landed in the moon. As you skirt along the picturesque hamlet you can witness the ancient monastery and the Nako Lake.
In summer don’t miss out the boating and in winter don’t miss out the ice skating. Tourists can trek to the Tashignag village from here as it will hardly take three to four hours, also visit the popular Tabo – this is an ancient UNESCO monastery site that is situated 70 km away. The best time to visit is July to August.
- Yana, Karnataka:
This is a little village that is situated near to the coastal village of Gokarna, Karnataka. The greatness of this village is its monolithic rock formations that are set against Sahyadri Mountains.
Tourists would love trekking along the rocks to reach the cave wherein there is an idol of goddess Parvathi in it. The occasional cicada and the streams are sure to attract and mesmerize any tourist who happens to visit here. The waterfall lovers should visit the Vibhooti waterfalls and make a camp over there for a night at least.
The best time to visit here is September to October, though you can tour to this place throughout the year too.
- Hiware Bazar, Maharashtra:
The Hiware Bazaar is situated in the district of Ahmednagar. The greatness of this village is that it got transformed from being a fraught place to the richest village and the credit of this goes to a man called Popatrao Power, he actually banned all the addictive products and encouraged the villagers to indulge in rain harvesting and milch cattle.
There are no people who are poor over here and the other interesting fact about this village is that it has a record 60 million villagers over here.
Touring is not only about fun and entertainment but you learn many things when you happen to visit these types of villages.
- Chappar Village, Haryana:
Chappar village is situated in Haryana. In this village a lady named Neelam happens to be the woman Sarpanch, she wanted to transform this village to the positive side and this was possible by her.
The speciality of this village is that no women wear ghunghat anymore, and even though there is a low girl ration, each and every girl born over here is welcomed into the world with great pump and gaiety.
- Valparai, Tamil Nadu:
Tamil Nadu tourism will be incomplete if you don’t visit this village Valaprai, which is situated nearer to Pollachi.
Tourists have plenty of places of interest in and around Valaparai and the monkey falls happens to one such spot. This is an excellent getaway place and is accessible both from Pollachi and Coimbatore. The place proves to be an excellent place that is flooded with natural flora and fauna. Tourists from all over the country throng into this place during weekends and holidays.
- Khonoma, Nagaland:
Nagaland has many villages but the Khonoma village can be boosted as it is regarded as the greenest village of the place. The village is located about 20 kms away from Kohima.
Tourists will love the scenic beauty of this place and the deep valleys that are surrounded with the thick forests. The village is also famous for its unique agricultural form; this village is the first green village. Reaching here is easy from the local airport Dimapur, or you can even get a rail link from Guwahati. This place is totally safe for both national and international tourists.
- Bir Billing, Himachal Pradesh:
Bir Billing is located in Kangra and is loved by tourists who have a craving for adventure tours.
There are paragliding packages that are sure to be tried out for, if you are the last minute backpacker, you will surely see that this place fits into your taste and preference, just pack and enjoy the adrenaline rushing.
In fact, this place is also called as the paragliding destination spot among tourists. Actually, the first paragliding world cup of India was held over here during 2015. Bir is a Buddhist town and is the home place for a monastery and Tibetan handicrafts too.
Check out: Paragliding Tour in Bir Billing
- Ballia, Uttar Pradesh:
Ballia is a small village cum town in Uttar Pradesh, the eastern part of the village is surrounded by the famous rivers – Ganges and the Ghaghara.
The tourists who visit Varanasi can very easy go down to this village and have a visit of the place that was once prominent or contributed significantly to Indian independence. Legend states that almost many of the saints had their ashrams over here.
- Punsari, Gujarat:
Want to enjoy the luxury of Wi-Fi, AC and CCTV then you have to visit this place at Punsari. The village is located in Gujarat.
In fact it is heard that the village will put the metros to shame as this village is equipped fully with modern facilities and communication system. This village boosts of its mini-bus commute system.
- Janjehli, Himachal Pradesh:
As said before, Himachal Pradesh has lot of beautiful villages and Janjehli is one such village, this is a quaint small village located in the Mandi district.
Have some time away from the commercial surroundings but indulging in the beauty of this village. And if you happen to be religious and love visiting temples, then place is a must visit place. There are numerous temples on the valley top.
- Raghurajpur village, Odisha:
This village is a heritage crafts village situated in Odisha. The place houses crafts such as Tussar painting, stone and wood works and palm leaf engravings.
Tourists love to have view of the pattachitra paintings and Gotipua dance troupes.
- Gokarna village, Karnataka:
We can say that this village is even close to Goa, but seriously away from the hustle bustle life of the city.
The village is a very peaceful village that houses the most famous original Lingam image of Lord Shiva. The tourists over here are mostly pilgrims from all over the country, but of late this has become a tourist spot.
- Bhandardara, Maharashtra:
If you want a quick getaway from the busy city life, drop in for few days to the village – Bhandardara, this village is also regarded as a holiday resort village and hence is very popular among tourists.
Tourists will enjoy complete peace of mind enjoying the waterfalls over here.
- Panamik, Ladakh:
Panamik is the only hot water spring village which is accessible from Khardung La. It is surrounded by snow-clad mountains and is well known for its hot water sulphur springs.
Tourists from all over the world flock into have a rare view of this spring falls. This village can also be called as a unique place in India.
These were some of the best villages of India that every tourist would love to visit again and again.